Write a Reflection Paper on “Introduction” and “Chapter 1” – book: Restating Orientalism by Wael Hallaq.
In general, the reflection paper should be divided into three main parts: general summary of the chapters, relevance to the course, and general commentary on the topic + why you chose the chapters for this reflection
For the general commentary on the topic, you can state your opinion, some additional information that you found elsewhere concerning that topic or any other remark on that topic.
Please write an interesting paragraph regarding the relevance to the class regarding Orientalism. Keep in mind this class is called “History of the Islamic World”.
For the relevance to the course part, link orientalism with topics that were discussed in class (in the schedule below).
Relevance to the course: we discussed European colonialism in (e.g. British colonial rule in Egypt). We also discussed “Women in the 19th and 20th century” – these topics may relate to “Orientalism”.
The information below is taken from the syllabus, this may additionally help you for the “relevance to the course” part.
Course: History of the Islamic World
This course offers a comprehensive survey of the Islamic world from the rise of Islam in 7th century Arabia until the present. It traces Islam’s expansion across different geographical regions from its birth place in the Arabian Peninsula to Central and Southeast Asia and from Western Asia (Near or Middle East) along the North African Mediterranean coast into the Iberian Peninsula to sub-Saharan Africa. The course examines the religious institutions that facilitated the creation of a homogeneous Islamic character within the various cultures of these different regions. A central theme that the course explores in this survey is the interface between unity, as an ideal religious aspiration, and diversity, as reflected in the actual historical experience of Muslim communities. The course also traces the trajectory of main trends and orientations into the modern period including responses to major challenges such as Western colonization, secularization, emergence of the nation state, as well as different modes of Islamic regeneration ranging from traditionalist revivalism and reformation to extreme fundamentalism and militantism.
Upon successful completion of this course, students should:
Course Outline and Reading Assignments
Part I: Rise and Early Development
Week 1 (January 10 – 12)
Week 2 (January 17 – 19)
Week 3 (January 24 – 26)
Part II: Islamic Community and Islamic Society in the Near East
Week 4 (January 31- February 2)
Week 5 (February 7- 9)
Part III: Global Expansion of Islam
Week 6 (February 14- 16)
Week 7 (February 21- 23):
Week 8 (February 28 – March 2): Midterm break (no classes)
Week 9 (March 7 – 9):
Week 10 (March 14 – 16): Part IV: Modern Transformations
Week 11 (March 21 – 23)
Week 12 (March 28 – 30)
Week 13 (April 4 – 6)
Week 14 (April 11 – 13)
Week 15 (April 18 – 20)
Week 16 (April 25 -26)
Final Exam: TBD
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